In a nutshell: Modern Latin-American in Kensington
Summing it all up: Zuaya's head-chef Francisco Lafee has experience in places such as London's Barrafina, and El Celler de Can Roca (No.2 on the World’s 50 Best). The menu here will draw on Mexico, Argentina, and Peru to create a range of creative sharing dishes.
Taking plenty of South American flavour and throwing in some modern techniques and unusual combinations, Zuaya’s menu certainly sounds original. Expect robota-grilled meats and fish, as well as plenty for vegetarians and vegans:
- Wild turbot ceviche infused with raspberry, orange, pink grapefruit, physalis and leche de tigre
- Purple taco with 18- hour slow cooked lamb neck with ras el hanout spices, smoked cinnamon pineapple and coriander
- Robata octopus with potato fume, aji Amarillo chilli, mint, chimichurri and garlic
- Quinoa caprese with yellow and purple mash potato
- Nikkei purple noodles
On the dessert front, we’re liking the sound of the dulce de leche with guava milk ice cream, ricotta and yoghurt plus there’s also quindim (Brazilian dessert made from egg, sugar, and coconut) with egg yolk flan, coconut ice cream, and coco biscuit, and ice creams with flavours like pumpkin, and avocado.
It’s a big space too, set over two floors, and with an outdoor terrace to boot. Inside we’re promised lots of greenery, hanging plants, and botanical artworks, as well as a green marble-topped bar.
More about Zuaya
Where is it? 35 High Street Kensington, London W8 5EB
When does it open? 6 July 2018.
Soft launch details: From the 6th - 18th there’s a soft launch with 50% off food.
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